Whether you’re 18 years old or you’re old enough to get senior discounts at your favorite restaurants, you can learn to take advantage of your education. Here’s how:
Network, network, network- If you excelled on a project in your Biology course with Suzy, connect with her! No, we’re not saying you need to spend quality time together. What we’re saying is – you never know if Suzy will become president one day, or the owner of a company you want to work for. So keep in contact with your peers and professors. It will only help you.
Shop around – No, we don’t mean actual shopping. Unless of course, you need to resupply your pencil drawer. We mean shop around for the right degree so you’re happy with the courses you’re taking. There’s nothing worse than being unhappy- we all know that! So choose the right degree for you, and be happy with the coursework needed to earn it. If you hate writing, you may want to reconsider a degree in English or Journalism because the process will be painful. Choose something you will enjoy, something you will look forward to learning more about. Just like actual shopping, try some degrees on for size and choose one that brings out the best in you.
Feed the hungry- By being a student there are so many opportunities to get involved, on campus and off. So take advantage. Did you know that getting involved doesn’t just help others, but it can also help you? Because it’s great for your resume! So volunteer – for them and for you!
Go above and beyond- If you’re required to read half of a chapter, read the rest of it. Research topics discussed in class. Come prepared for discussion. Do the necessary work to fully absorb the education you’re receiving. If your education is important to you, then prove it!
Show up – You know how disappointing it is when a friend plans on getting together with you and as you pull up to the coffee shop you get a text saying: ‘sorry running late‘ or ‘reschedule?‘. It’s frustrating and disappointing but you’re their friend and you forgive them. But do your teachers forgive so easily? Remember that by not showing up to class, or showing up late, you are showing your teachers how much interest you have in their course. And keep in mind that they hand out the grades, so why not impress them by showing up to every class in a timely fashion? If that’s not enough to convince you to go to class, remember that you’re paying for it. If you bought concert tickets, you’d go and you’d probably even be there early. If you bought movie tickets, you’d go with popcorn in your right hand and an extra-large drink in your left. So go to class, not just because you have to but because you want to.